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A Biography of Light

A Biography of Light

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Published by Nithyanand Rao
A presentation on the various theories about light from a historical prespective
A presentation on the various theories about light from a historical prespective

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Published by: Nithyanand Rao on Sep 10, 2007
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A Biography of LightA Biography of Light
What is Reality?What is Reality?
 
 
Corpuscular TheoryCorpuscular Theory
In the 17In the 17
thth
century, Sircentury, SirIsaac NewtonIsaac Newtonconductedconductedexperiments toexperiments toinvestigate the natureinvestigate the natureof lightof light
Seven coloursSeven coloursidentifiedidentified
Explained rectilinearExplained rectilinearpropagation, reflectionpropagation, reflectionand refractionand refraction
Velocity predicted toVelocity predicted tobe greater in denserbe greater in densermediummedium
 
 
Wave theory
Light imagined to bea mechanicallongitudinal wavepropagating throughhypothetical ‘ether’ 
Interference –Newton’s rings andThomas Young’sdouble-slitexperiment
Diffraction-bending of light aroundobstacles;illumination of geometrical shadow
Both explained bysuperpositionprinciple

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